One thing that can keep currently disconsolate Newcastle fans maybe just a little upbeat, is the youngsters we have at the club, and one of them in particular, 18 year-old Nile Ranger, is already starring for the England U19 team.
Nile Ranger – one for the future – the short term future?
The 6’2″ Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger, who has yet to make his first team debut, celebrated his full debut for the England Under-19s, with his first goal for the side, as England won 2-0 over Bosnia at Doncaster Rovers’ Keepmoat Stadium last night.
Nile, who was quietly signed from Southampton in the summer, had a fantastic first season on Tyneside, scoring a cumulative 22 goals for the U18 and Reserve sides, under the guidance of Richard Money.
Add to that the fact he seems to just love it on Tyneside, and we coluld have a real winner here, especially when he now will hopefully be coached by one of England’s greatest ever strikers – Alan Shearer.
Last night’s game was the first of three Elite Qualifying Round matches to be played over the coming week ahead of this summer’s European Championships in the Ukraine.
England now face Slovakia at Bradford City’s Valley Parade on Friday before tackling Scotland at Bramall Lane on Monday night.
The goals from Danny Rose and Nile Ranger proved enough to secure three points and a perfect start for coach Brian Eastick, who said.
“It’s a case of job done and I think we deserved to win the game,”
“We played some very good football up to the edge of their box but they made it difficult and had numbers behind the ball, played narrow and looked to get us on the break.”
“We kept going though and made the breakthrough with what I thought as our first really good delivery into the box.”
“I was generally a bit disappointed with our set piece delivery, because we’ve looked dangerous in training but we didn’t transfer that to the game.”
It was two headed goals which won the game for England, the first through Danny Rose, who put in a stunning leap to guide home Nathan Delfouneso’s cross in the first half.
Then Newcastle striker Nile Ranger climbed above everybody to glance home a Victor Moses free kick in the latter stages of the second half, and was impressive in leading the England line.
“It was a great leap by Danny for his goal, but he’s a terrific athlete and he’s enjoying his football again after missing a lot of the season,”
“And Nile deserved his goal too because I thought he led the line well.”
Praise indeed from Eastwick for the Newcastle young gun – the big question we have is will Nile start our first game in the Championship in August against Cardiff?
Nile will certainly be fighting foe a first team place – that’s for sure – now who was that Michael Owen guy?